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Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer strongly linked to asbestos inhalation or consumption. Exposure to asbestos can occur through frequent contact with products manufactured with asbestos, from working in a factory developing asbestos products, from living or working in a building constructed with asbestos-laden materials, and a number of other ways.
Asbestos was most commonly used during manufacture after WWII, in the production of floor tiles, insulation, textiles, and a wide variety of other construction products. Found in nature like other minerals, asbestos forms fine fibrous particles when pulverized. These microscopic particulates do not degrade over time, and therefore, exposure to and inhalation of asbestos particles can cause future health issues.
When inhaled, asbestos fibers can permanently lodge into the thin lining of the lungs. This thin tissue that lines the lungs and other internal organs is known as the mesothelium. Over time, the fine asbestos fibers will irritate, inflame, and alter the lungs and normal cell function, causing the aggressive form of cancer known as mesothelioma.
In most patients who were exposed to asbestos, it has been observed that symptoms of mesothelioma did not surface until many decades after the initial exposure, sometimes 50 years later.
The type of mesothelioma that patients develop after asbestos inhalation is quite often referred to as pleural mesothelioma. Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma include the following:
- Chest pain
- Coughing up a discharge
- Respiratory problems
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest tumors
- Weight loss
Further issues related to pleural mesothelioma include:
- Trouble swallowing
- Swollen neck and face
- Back pain
- Liquid accretion in the chest
If frequent and significant exposure to asbestos has occurred, and symptoms of mesothelioma have developed, consult with a physician on cancer treatment. Suffering from mesothelioma as a result of asbestos inhalation may qualify you or a loved one for compensation. To file an asbestos mesothelioma lawsuit today, contact a pharmaceutical litigation lawyer at Carey Danis & Lowe.